Reflecting On American Sniper - Spoilers!





I saw American Sniper over the weekend and haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Overall, it was a well-produced movie with really compelling acting, but holy crap the story. 


Now I know there are people out there who disagree completely with the content of the movie and think it's "glamorizing war" and "putting people on pedestals" or whatever (I know some opinionated people), but at the end of the day it was a movie about one man's story told in his own words. So just take it for what it is.

Ahem.

I personally really enjoyed the story and the way it was told, and was heartbroken when it ended because I clearly don't pay attention to the news a lot. I have a copy of the e-book (free because I purchased my tickets on Fandango!) and I look forward to reading that and picking out the differences between it and the movie.

The movie hit home for me because my family members are former military, and I have several friends who work for local law enforcement (cops, EMTs, firefighters, etc.) Watching someone go through the trauma of PTSD and having to come out of war and live was really interesting. Of course, watching the brutality of war (as told through the eyes of Chris Kyle) is also really interesting (in the worst way). Those movies just really make you think, ya know?

The way Chris Kyle left this world was really terrible, especially after making it through the violence in Iraq. Realizing the severity of PTSD in some soldiers made me think about my family members who have served time in the armed forces, and honestly scared me a little bit.

Overall, I was reminded how thankful I am that I live comfortably in the states because of passionate and selfless individuals like Chris Kyle who dedicate(d) their lives to protecting the country. 

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